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CASCO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Maine turkey hunters are finding lots of birds. Rob Cotiaux, the long time President of the Maine Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation attributes that to the birds' survival abilities. Cotiaux is a forester, a guide and an avid turkey hunter.

"When they first came to Maine, they didn't even know if they would live here," Cotiaux told NEWS CENTER. "They thrive."

Cotiaux said the huge snowfall didn't greatly affect the birds, "In December and January, we found birds in the seeps underneath the hemlocks and the pines. These are open waterways and the birds just collected around them."

When big snows came in February a crust quickly formed. "A soft snow can be tough on them, but we had a hard snow this year."

Howell Copp, owner of Howell's Gun Shop in Gray agrees with Cotiaux. They're seeing a normal number of turkey's tagged. "I think hunters may have to work for them this year, but there's plenty of turkeys around, too many in some places.

The turkey season ends in Maine on May 31st.

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